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Mildred Hazel Criswell Allen
22 May 1915 - 01 Mar 2012
©Woodward News
07 Mar 2012 Pg 3
Strode Funeral Home
Reprinted with permission

Woodward, Okla. Mildred Hazel Allen was born May 22, 1915 in Madison, Beaver County, Oklahoma to Smith Silas Criswell and Mary Catherine Hawes Criswell and departed this life on March 1, 2012 at the age of 96. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2012 at the First Christian Church in Stillwater. Strode Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel lived in Beaver County, Oklahoma attending Blue Grass school, a one room school until her teen years when she moved to Kansas City, MO where she attended high school for two years. She returned to Laverne, OK and graduated from Laverne High School in 1934. On November 22, 1938, Hazel married Loren Vern Allen of Laverne, OK and they established their home in Woodward, OK. While living in Woodward, she was employed by Southern Great Plains Field Station, Union Oil Co of California, Veteran's Administration and Farmers Home Administration. In 1955 Loren and Hazel moved to Stillwater where she continued to work in the State Office of the Farmers Home Administration until her retirement in 1975.

Hazel was a lifelong member of the 1st Christian Church and served as president of the Stillwater Christian Women's Fellowship. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, serving as Worthy Matron, Past Matron and president of the Past Matron's Club.

Hazel was an accomplished artist. She especially loved China painting and served as president of the Stillwater Porcelain Artists. Hazel and Loren created artwork in which Loren carved animals and people from wood and Hazel painted them, earning them several awards and reviews in local and national magazines, newspapers and television. Hazel was also an accomplished seamstress sewing for her family and the public. She crocheted hats for newborns and donated them to Stillwater Hospital and also made small blankets and pillows for children, donating them to the Crisis Center.

Hazel is survived by her husband, Loren, Stillwater, OK; a daughter, Verdalee McCullough and husband, Hugh, Grandfield, OK; a son, Lyle, and wife Bernadine of Stillwater; six grandchildren, Kelly Jeffus, Grandfield, OK; Kristi Beck, and husband Tab of Guymon, OK; Shane McCullough and wife Michelle, Grandfield, OK; Denver McCullough and wife Janis, Devol, OK; Amy Allen Boyd and husband Jonathan, Huntsville, AL; and Jon Allen, Austin, TX; thirteen great grandchildren, Brooke and Jancy Jeffus, Grandfield, OK, and Blaine Jeffus, Guymon, OK; Lacee Beck, Edmond, OK and Landon Beck, Goodwell, OK; Joseph and Jacob McCullough, Grandfield, OK; Tristan, Bailey, Aiden, and Lawson McCullough, Devol, OK; and Matthew and Zadie Boyd, Huntsville, AL; two sisters, Lila Shukar, Forgan, OK and Louise Beckwith, Woodward, OK; and one brother, Roy Criswell, Toledo, OR.

She was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Clyde Criswell, Salem, OR.

Memorial contributions may be made in her name to Judith Karman Hospice, P.O. Box 818, Stillwater, OK, 74076, or to a favorite charity of your choice.

Condolences may be emailed to the family and an online obituary may be viewed by visiting www.strodefh.com.

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